And then there were two.
At some point in the very near future, Cal grad transfer running back Tre Watson will announce which program he will conclude his collegiate career at.
Entering the weekend, Watson’s final options were Texas, Texas Tech and LSU, and the Tigers certainly appeared to be as realistic of an option as any. However, that’s no longer the case. On Friday night, Watson delayed his decision, but noted he will not be taking his talents to Louisiana.
“One thing I can say is that I will be living in Texas.”
I know I said I will announce my commitment today, but I am not ready at this time. I am going to take another day at least to really evaluate the different options. One thing I can say is that I will be living in Texas.
— Tre Watson (@tre1watson) May 5, 2018
For obvious reasons, Watson would be a more than welcome addition to either the Longhorns or Red Raiders running back room. He’s a versatile and experienced option who fits stylistically and would fill a major need.
At Texas Tech, Watson could join Tre King in helping fill the 797-yard void Justin Stockton left behind and make for a formidable one-two punch out of the backfield. At Texas, however, Watson would face almost no competition for starting duties, as he’d join a backfield consisting of Daniel Young, Toneil Carter and Kyle Porter, who combined for 886 yards and 10 touchdowns last season. Incoming freshman All-American Keaontay Ingram will join that mix, as well, but if Watson is on the roster, the starting job would be his to lose.
While the belief is that Watson is leaning toward the Longhorns, with some rumblings even hinting that he may be a silent commit for Texas, this decision is one that has Watson re-evaluating before making a final decision.
At the very least, Texas and Texas Tech no longer have to worry about losing out to LSU.
While either the Longhorns or Red Raiders will soon add an experienced option to their backfield, the other will soon be tasked with game-planning to stop him next season.